Indonesia’s deputy transport minister, Bambang Susantono, said he fully expects his country’s Garuda Indonesia airline to be certified by the FAA in 2013 to resume flying to the U.S. The minister’s remarks were published in the Jakarta Globe. Garuda has been banned from flying into the U.S. for nearly six years due to numerous safety issues. Europe lifted a similar ban against Garuda in 2010.
Bombardier delivered the first of six CRJ1000 regional jets ordered by Asia-Pacific launch customer Garuda Indonesia during an October handover ceremony at the manufacturer’s plant in Mirabel, Quebec. The Indonesian flag carrier also plans to fly 12 more CRJ1000s through a third-party lease agreement and holds options on 18 more aircraft of the same type.
Denmark’s Nordic Aviation Capital has signed a firm purchase agreement for 12 Bombardier CRJ1000s, all of which it plans to lease to Garuda Indonesia–Bombardier’s previously announced Asian launch customer for the 100-seat jet.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a separation error between two Airbus A330s on March 30 in the far-northwest corner of the continent.
Garuda Indonesia has become the Asian launch customer for 18 Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft valued at a list price of $1.32 billion. The deal is a major boost for the Canadian airframer, which had been struggling to keep production of the 100-seater viable.
The carrier will receive five aircraft this year, a mix of direct buys and leased, with all 18 to be delivered by 2015, CEO Emirsyah Satar said. The aircraft will be in a two-class configuration.
Following the deal, Bombardier has designated GMF Aero Asia as its authorized service center for CRJ 1000s in Asia.
Budget Citilink, the low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, is expected to get its air operator’s certificate (AOC) by April, thus allowing it to operate as a separate entity, said Con Korfiatis, technical advisor to Citilink’s board of directors.
Garuda Indonesia has converted an MOU covering the purchase of 25 A320 family jets to a firm order, Airbus announced today.
The order makes Garuda Indonesia a new A320 family customer and covers 15 standard A320s and 10 A320neos for operation by the carrier’s low-cost unit, Citilink. The airline plans to announce its engine selection for the aircraft in the near future.
Garuda Indonesia Airlines is in Singapore with one of its new Boeing 737-800s to promote plans to expand its capacity threefold by 2014. Dubbed Quantum Leap, the five-year plan begins in earnest this year, as Garuda takes delivery of 23 new B737-800s and a single A330-200.
DAE Capital, the aircraft leasing and financial business arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), yesterday signed an operating lease agreement with Garuda Indonesia covering eight Boeing 737-800s. The signing ceremony, attended by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta during the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF).
Boeing announced new firm orders from two Indonesian airlines–ambitious low-fare 737 operator Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia–for a total of 60 airplanes. An order for 56 B737-900ERs from Lion Air raises the airline’s order total for the type to 178. Garuda’s commitment for four 777-300ERs accompanies a conversion of an order for six deferred 777-200ERs to the larger type, bringing its total -300ER commitment to 10.